Ashton Blaine’s father is a police offer. Recently she posted on her Facebook page the reality of being a cop’s daughter to exemplify why people across the world are standing up with Black Lives Matter. In it she describes how she fears for her father’s life when he’s on duty—especially in times like now. But Blaine points out how when her father comes home, he gets to take off all the identifiable things that make him a cop and he is just her dad. Black people don’t have the same privilege, Blaine points out.
The post has been shared over 50,000 times and receied thousands of comments. In them people praise Blaine for her courage for speaking out towards those who say “blue lives matter” as a counter argument for the current affairs. A majority of the comments let Blaine know that her parents raised her well and that her police father should be very proud of her.
The viral post reads:
“I went back and forth on whether I wanted to post this or not for quite awhile. However, I think it’s important to speak on… so here goes. I’m a cop’s daughter, and I’ve seen my father’s work firsthand. I’ve gone on countless ride alongs, been to award ceremonies for him I’ve even watched him help people that even I wouldn’t help. He does his part.
“Do I go to sleep scared that this may be the night we get the phone call that he’s not coming home? Yes. Often.
“Do I fear for his life? Every. Single. Day.
“But here’s the thing—he chooses every day to do this job. He wakes up and puts his vest & badge on. In tense situations like the current state of America, he is armed with weapons, a vest, a helmet, and even riot gear if needed. And guess what? He gets to come home every night and take it all off. He can walk outside in his neighborhood, and nobody has to know he’s a cop. When the hate becomes to much- they can turn their badge in. They can walk away. That being a choice for them is a PRIVILEGE.
“Now, all you Blue-backers- imagine that feeling of fear you feel for you cop brother/sister/father/mother/son/husband/child going to work, but amplified by x10000.
“Black mothers/fathers/husbands/wives/children have to live in that same fear (x10000) every single minute of their lives. Can they change the color of their skin? No. They don’t get to come home and change their skin tone when being hated becomes too much, or too hard. (and they shouldn’t have to want to.) This is not a choice for them. They are feared just for existing. You will never, ever know that feeling.
“So, while I go to sleep scared for my father’s life, I rest assured knowing that this is what he chooses to do, and wants to do. I truly believe if he died in the line of duty, he would go honorably, and proudly.
“Black Lives Matter. This is not a race war—this is a right vs wrong war.”